This post speaks about offbeat weekend destinations near Kolkata. Baranti, a quiet yet emerging weekend getaway is a rural village, situated in Purulia district which even to this day retains the old world charm of rural West Bengal. I recently undertook this weekend trip near Kolkata
West Bengal has a rich and traditional history which invokes interest in all those who come visiting this state. Amongst the various places to visit there is Purulia district. Famous for its rich heritage, culture and vibrant tribal people and customs, this region has catapulted itself into one of the top rural tourist destinations of not only West Bengal but also India. Most of the destinations in Purulia caters to the niche category of offbeat weekend destinations near Kolkata
Amongst its many gems, there is Baranti. A sleepy vibrant small but unbelievably scenic village. Surrounded by the famous Biharinath hills as well as the Panchkot hills, Baranti has been able to preserve the vibe of infusing a chilled out vibe perfect for those embarking on a weekend trip near Kolkata.
Amongst its many features to see, there is Muradi Dam which attracts everyone who comes here for its surreal sunsets.
- Wintry mornings
- Rural faces of Bengal
- Bengal kaleidoscope
- Enroute Baranti
- Happy surroundings
- Enroute Baranti
What to see and explore in offbeat weekend destinations – Baranti, near Kolkata
Ideally speaking, one should visit this place without having a checklist of things to see and do. However, the purpose of this post is to introduce readers on a quiet yet emerging weekend traveller getaway – Baranti.
The central locations to be explored are :-
Garh Panchkot: Travellers visit this place to see the ancient ruins of Pancharatna temple located in a scenic forested area. This place deserves a short visit to see ruins which bear testimony to the attacks of the Mughals as a part of the historical lore.
Joychandi Pahar: Surrounded by Sal and Palash trees, Joychandi Pahar is a preferred destination of trekkers who come here to practice their skill and nature lovers who wish to unwind doing nothing but just listening to the wind rustling through the trees.
Muradi reservoir Borne out of the Ramchandrapur irrigation project, the reservoir with its calm waters is a soothing beauty.
Baranthi Hill. The tropical forest foliage on Baranti hill is all about bamboo shrubs, Sal, Neem and other trees. The entire hill overlooks the Muradi reservoir and is favoured by many for a short climb.
For my part I hardly visited any of the above places. All I did was to wander around the various small mud paths that abound the place, amid the Palash trees . My walks were to the sound calls of chirping birds and a gorgeous sunset as I soaked in the rustic beauty of this region.Read this blog post for more info on Baranti.
My schedule at Baranti
Like I said previously, though had made a checklist of places to see yet moment I reached, all I could think of was just to toss the checklist aside and soak in the natural beauty of the place where I was present and explore only the surroundings and nothing beyond that.
In retrospect, It was indeed a sensible decision and that Baranti ensured that I would always come back to this region.
When to visit Baranti, emerging as top-rated offbeat weekend destinations near Kolkata
This place is a must-visit in the monsoon season to see grey clouds on the horizon heavily laden with rain and green foliage on the trees all around. This would indeed be a magical frame, and I can almost imagine the pleasure it would be to see that.
Secondly one must visit in months of March-April when Palash Trees bloom and the entire region is covered by a canopy of red Palash flowers. As per the locals it a sight to behold.
- West Bengal countryside
- The joy of being in classical Baranti
- Sunsets are passion
- Solitary fisherman -Baranti
Where to stay at Baranti.
There are many options to say in and around Baranti, including the nearby places to visit. On my part, I stayed at PalashBari Ecological Resort. It is one of the few active resorts that promote ecological sustenance in a balanced way. The only tip is to book beforehand as there are lots of bookings shortages do occur during weekends( they have an online presence as well ).
How does one reach Baranti?
Baranthi is apt for a weekend trip near kolkata . It can be reached by road taking the GT Road ( AH1) as one exits Kolkata and after that take a left turn on entering the town of RaniGanj. As one moves ahead, cross the Damodar river at Meija and after that Baranthi is reached soon. For the record, Baranthi is 250 km from Kolkata.
My notes on Baranti, which is now rated as an offbeat weekend destination near Kolkata
In the notes section, I collate my thoughts on the experience of the place. Regarding Baranti,would like to sum it up by saying it is not the exotic locale that one has conjured up in imagination. It is one of those numerous village regions that dot this country of ours and have been in existence since so long.
What makes Baranti unique is just this fact that it is a typical unpretentious region in sync with nature. It is this quality which is no more present in the places where we live surrounded by technology of the 21st century.
Baranti shows the traveller of a world where technology is second to nature. It reveals the harmonious balance of human with nature. This is what is so cherished by everyone who comes visiting this place repeatedly. I, for one, will be returning to Baranti this monsoon to soak in the magic of Baranti in monsoons and experience one of the finest offbeat weekend destinations near Kolkata
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